Netflix has cancelled Marco Polo after two seasons. Following a quiet second season and a reported $200 million loss, the streamer has opted not to renew the historical drama for Season 3.
A significant victory for the cancellation reaper, Marco Polo becomes the first original scripted Netflix series to not be renewed for a third season.
Netflix vp original content Cindy Holland, said of the decision to axe Marco Polo Season 3:
“We want to thank and are grateful to our partners on Marco Polo from the actors, whose performances were enthralling and top-notch; to the committed producers, including John Fusco, Dan Minahan, Patrick Macmanus, and their crew, who poured their hearts into the series; and of course Harvey [Weinstein], David [Glasser] and our friends at TWC, who were great collaborators from start to finish.”
Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company, said:
“Netflix has been incredible to give us the room to make a series with a cast true to every principle of diversity. It’s a bold network that allows you to do that and support us in the way that Netflix did. As many people know, Asian history and the world of martial arts have fascinated me for all of my career – I’ve made many movies around these topics and this genre, and now this TV show I’m so proud of. John has been a great partner and we’re both fascinated to continue exploring this exciting period in history on future projects together.”
Added John Fusco, Marco Polo’s creator and executive producer:
“Harvey and I have a love for this kind of history–we had a fantastic cast, fantastic creative team and crew, and shooting in Malaysia was a privilege,” he said. “We’re working on an idea right now in a similar space that we’re very excited about.”